DAVIS, Calif. – Santa Clara men's water polo earned a split on Saturday, the opening day of the Aggie Roundup. The Broncos used a strong second quarter to knock off Whittier, 13-8, in the opener before falling to Redlands, 10-9, in overtime in the evening session of the two-day, 11-team event at UC Davis.
GAME 1: Broncos Pull Away from Whittier in Opening Game of Aggie Roundup
John Raineri and Shane Hughes each scored three goals, leading a balanced offensive attack for Santa Clara, which downed Whittier, 13-8, on Saturday morning in the team's first game of the Aggie Roundup at the Woodlands Community Center.
Reilley May had two goals for the Broncos (4-3) who scored five times with the man advantage and had eight players hit the back of the net in claiming their third-straight win.
Santa Clara pulled away from the Poets (1-4) in the second quarter when it tallied five goals in a stretch of seven in a row.
Hughes began the goal run late in the opening quarter with a marker that broke a 3-all tie.
Goalkeeper Emil Huebner made seven saves for the Broncos who face the Redlands at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Schaal Aquatics Center.
GAME 2: Santa Clara Rallies to Tie Late in Regulation, Falls in Overtime
After holding an early lead, Santa Clara rallied to tie Redlands at the end of regulation before falling 10-9 in overtime during Saturday evening action at the Aggie Roundup, which was held at Schaal Aquatics Center.
Max Taylor tallied a game-high four goals for the Bulldogs (2-6), including the game-winner with eight seconds left in the second overtime.
Carey fired one final attempt just before time ended but Redlands goalie Chris Martinez got a piece of the ball, knocking it left of the cage.
Emil Huebner turned aside a career-best 15 shots for Santa Clara, which was just 2 of 8 with the man advantage.
The Bulldogs were less effective with the extra attacker, scoring on just one of seven attempts.
They did erase a 5-3 halftime deficit by scoring five of the next six goals before the Broncos rallied with two markers in the final four minutes of regulation.
Carey scored on a 5-meter attempt and Orella scored on even strength with 1:25 on the clock to knot the game at 8-all.
Taylor scored in the first overtime and Carey matched that with a goal in the second extra session.
The Broncos had their three-game winning streak snapped.
The tournament concludes Sunday. The Broncos face San Jose State at 9 a.m. and No. 2 USC at noon. Both of those games will take place at Schaal Aquatics Center.